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Sunday, 30 January 2011

London Community Credit Union opens

This week, the London Community Credit Union opened a Hackney Branch.

LCCU is the new name for Tower Hamlets Credit Union as it takes over from the Hackney Credit Union which was closed last year. They now have 3 branches in Tower Hamlets and over 10,000 members – and hope to have equal success in Hackney.

Up to 40% of Hackney residents could be considered at risk of financial exclusion and of being exploited by unscrupulous lenders.

Hackney Council recently passed a motion condemning loan sharks which you can read here.

The aim is to offer accessible and fair financial services - bank accounts, low interest loans - with all profits re-invested in the community. To find out more or to join the London Community Credit Union, contact 020 7729 9218 or email info@londoncu.co.uk.

The website for the LCCU is here.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

Fighting the cuts

We were out today on Church Street holding a street stall to inform local residents about the government's cuts and how they will affect Hackney.

Diane Abbott MP and Jennette Arnold AM joined local councillors, helping to hand out leaflets about the effects of the cuts and what we can do to fight them.

Government cuts to local authority budgets are devastating and mean that Hackney Council’s funding will be cut by £44m in 2011/12 alone. Hackney was one of the worst affected local authorities in the country. In the past, areas like Hackney have received extra funding for good reason—to help the Council tackle the high level of social need in the Borough.

We were also building support for the TUC march on 26th March. More details here.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Parking consultation Zone E

Zone E and Zone E(ext) Controlled Parking Zones are currently up for review.

Many of you have contacted us in the past with various issues about the parking zone from problems with enforcement to concern about the hours of operation, and also positive feedback about how it helps residents in being able to find a parking space. Now is the chance to have your say. The consultation closes on Monday 7th February 2011.

Everyone within the zone will have had a consultation questionnaire through their door, but you can also find the documents online here.

Hackney Council reviews the operation of controlled parking zones every three years, and our zone was last looked at in 2006. The questionnaire asks for views on:
  • the allocation of yellow lines to improve road safety
  • the hours parking controls apply in the Zone (currently 7am-7pm Mon-Sat in Zone E)
  • The design of the CPZ including the location and type of parking bays
  • how to enforce parking controls in the zone.
Please do contact us if you have any questions - and do take the time to respond to the consultation.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Restaurant Crackdown

A quick community safety update for our ward... At the Community Advisory Panel meeting in January, the following priorities were set for Stoke Newington Central:
  • Burglaries
  • Drug dealing
  • Anti social behaviour, in particular around Smalley Road Estate
Residents have reported a number of burglaries in the area recently, and the Safer Neighbourhood Team can offer advice for home owners and tenants on making their properties more secure. Please do contact the team here if you think you might benefit from this.

The local Safer Neighbourhood Team also updated residents about the successful Crackdown operation on Amhurst Road at the end of last year. Hackney Council and the Police worked together following complaints about late night noise and anti social behaviour from an unlicensed basement club under Lime Cay restaurant. Noise equipment was seized, but the problems continued.

The Safer Neighbourhood Team in Stoke Newington Central worked with local residents to collect evidence of the disturbances, and Thames Magistrates Court granted the closure order on 13th December.
The restaurant is still open for business, but the basement has been secured. This was a regular source of noise nuisances and residents have reported that it has been a lot quieter since.

Remember - if you want to report late night noise - call 020 8356 4455.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Stoke Newington Neighbourhood Forum

The Stoke Newington Neighbourhood Forum is taking place tonight at 7pm at Stoke Newington Town Hall on Church Street.

The meeting will be discussing the new Young People's Centre for Stoke Newington.

Jules Pipe, the Mayor of Hackney, will also be there for a question and answer session.

More details are online here.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

2011 - VAT rises, fare rises and cuts

It's been a tough start to the year for many Londoners. The Government's VAT rise from 17.5% to 20% came into force - a regressive tax which unfairly hits the poorest the most. See here for the impact that the VAT rise has. Boris Johnson's fare rises were also introduced this month across the capital.

Fares on public transport have risen by almost 7% which is particularly an issue in Hackney where a large number of residents use buses.
Meanwhile, the Western extension of the Congestion Charging zone has been scrapped at the cost of £55m per year. The fare rise raises £60m - Boris Johnson is protecting car drivers in West London at the expense of hard working Londoners who rely on public transport to get around the city.

More information about the fare rises and Ken Livingstone's petition against the increases

It will be a tough year ahead - Hackney Council faces a budget cut of 14.9% (£44m) for 2011-12 (the 8.9% figure quoted by Government is misleading and the real cut is more than this). We'll keep this blog updated with news about this as we receive it.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Bar A Bar licence application

Bar A Bar on Stoke Newington Road has put in an application to extend its premises licence for:
  • Films, live music, recorded music, making music facilities for dance and supply of alcohol from 12.00 to 2.00am Sunday to Thursday and from 12.00 to 4.00 amon Friday and Saturday
  • Late night refreshment from 23.00 to 2.00am Sunday to Thursday and from 23.00 to 4.00am Friday to Saturday.
The deadline for making representations is 11th January.

If you wish to make a representation these must address the licensing objectives:
  • prevention of crime and disorder
  • prevention of public nuisance
  • public safety
  • the protection of children from harm
Representations can be made in writing to The Licensing Service, 263 Mare Street, London, E8 3HT or by emailing licensing@hackney.gov.uk. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Remember to recycle your Christmas tree!

Happy new year to all our readers and hope you had a good festive season!

Just a quick reminder that you can recycle your Christmas tree. If you have a brown bin outside your property, just leave the tree next to it and it will be collected.

Alternatively, you can drop off your tree at Millfields Waste Depot, Millfields Road, E5 until 15th January, or arrange for the tree to be collected through the Council's bulky waste service.

There is also more information about recycling Christmas leftovers here.